Super-shell has a unique three-layer structure dissipating energy that would cause weaker shells to fracture (Photo taken by Dr. Anders Waren, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden)
Analysis of unique mollusk structure may inspire new armor design for soldiers and vehicles Credit: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation, MIT HomePage Design (January 27, 2010)
They say life imitates art, but any scientist knows that the best designs imitate life. Researchers from the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN) are drawing new biomimicry inspiration for body armor design from a hardy ocean snail that boasts a shell structure unlike anything else seen in nature... or in material research labs.
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